Hello from Dr. Decker!
I have been in practice for 26 years and for the last 3 years I have been predominantly treating teeth which needed root canal treatment. I enjoy the complexity of these root canal procedures as well as the fact that technology has made it possible to complete root canals much more successfully. In modern Endodontics, we use a small engine which helps us quickly clean out the infected nerve tissue before we seal the roots with a non-reactive filling material.
Benefit of Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment can make a failing tooth last an additional 5-20 yrs. And to help keep the tooth healthy for such a long period of time, we normally protect the tooth from subsequent fracture with a crown (or cap) over it which prolongs its lifespan. And with the technology in our office, we can often make these crowns the same day!
Signs and Symptoms that You Need a Root Canal
If you have a tooth that wakes you up at night occasionally or that is sensitive to hot and cold when you eat or drink, there is a good chance that the tooth needs root canal treatment. And if you have an area on the gums that keeps swelling into a pimple which pops, leaving a bad taste in your mouth, you likely have an infection at the end of a tooth root which needs to be resolved with root canal treatment. With the modern technology in our office, we can use our scanning X-ray machine to see exactly where the infection is, and treat it for you.